Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Standards? What standards?

Another in a seemingly endless supply of examples of the fall in standards led by JWH.

We're back with 'Ministerial Standards' - a misnomer if ever there was one. It's been well-documented that the standards have been watered down to fit the action each time a minister failed to comply with them.

Ministers must make a full declaration of share ownership - but of course if they 'inadvertantly forget' some that they own and fail to declare them, well, that's OK. Can't be helped. We all make mistakes.

Howard backs Santoro amid new ethics controversy
Matthew Franklin
March 13, 2007

JOHN Howard has refused to sack Ageing Minister Santo Santoro over his apparent breach of ministerial guidelines on share ownership.

The Prime Minister said in Tokyo today that Senator Santoro’s breach, revealed in The Australian today, was inadvertent and did not result in personal profit.

Senator Santoro told The Australian last night that he had forgotten to list shares he owned in unlisted biotechnology company CBio on his pecuniary interests register when he became a minister early in 2006.

The report is in The Australian, here

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